Lions to roar into M’boro next week
A HIGHLY touted recruit, a future star of the club and a Tasmanian rookie are among the Brisbane Lions players who will be roaring into Maryborough next week.
Lions diehards will have the chance to get up close with their AFL heroes when Mitch Robinson, Daniel McStay and Josh McGuinness visit the Maryborough Bears Australian Football Club next Tuesday.
They will be joined by Lions offensive strategy coach and former Essendon premiership player Gary O'Donnell.
Their presence is expected to be a hit with fans and a boost for the Bears' chances of recruiting more players for the upcoming Fraser Coast junior and AFL Wide Bay competitions.
The club has struggled to retain juniors in recent years and weren't able to field a senior side the past two seasons, with the crumbling employment landscape and a lack of tertiary opportunities in Maryborough the major factors.
But Bears secretary Kathy Shilvock is hoping a bit of star power will spark more people to pull on the boots and play Aussie rules.
"We're super excited and it's good timing for us," she said.
"We've got our new committee and we're all enthusiastic about the direction the club is going.
"We're hoping the Lions will support us in raising interest in AFL in this town because it's important for us to build a club where children, youth and young adults feel apart of the community and connected.
"Having the Lions here gives the young people something to aspire to and see the expectations of what's required to succeed."
All three Lions players will be at the club's home ground (cnr of Ross and Cardigan St, Maryborough) conducting a free Auskick clinic from 4pm to 6pm, as well as signing autographs.
AFL Queensland regional manager for Wide Bay, Dayne Frew, said another important part of the Lions' two-day tour would be visiting schools to promote Aussie rules participation in Maryborough.
It's the second time in 12 months the Lions have committed to sending players to the Fraser Coast, with Jack Redden, James Polkinghorne, Joel Patfull, Jordan Lisle, Mat Maguire, Jordon Bourke and Ryan Hardwood visiting the region last year as part of the club's community camp.
LIONS ROAR INTO MARYBOROUGH
WHEN: Tuesday, February 10 from 4pm to 6pm
WHERE: Maryborough Bears home ground (cnr of Ross and Cardigan St, Maryborough)
WHAT: Brisbane Lions players Mitch Robinson, Daniel McStay and Josh McGuinness will be conducting a free Auskick clinic and signing autographs
MORE INFO: Visit www.maryoroughbears.sportingpulse.net